Total Solar Eclipses are rare in Antarctica, and 16 years ago, a group of Quark Expeditions passengers became the first humans ever to witness a Total Solar Eclipse on the 7th continent. In 2021, we will bring back our special guest expert from the epic 2003 voyage, retired NASA scientist Fred Espenak, to join us on one of two special voyages: Solar Eclipse 2021: Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia and Falkland Islands.
Designed for eclipse chasers, this itinerary offers the rare opportunity to witness the total eclipse of the sun while also setting foot in Antarctica, as well as a chance to explore the rarely visited sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and South Georgia. During your voyage, you will have the opportunity to participate in talks led by Fred Espenak, known as “Mr. Eclipse,” who has participated in 29 eclipse expeditions around the world, while also learn about the region, its wildlife and history, during onboard presentations by our team of polar experts.
On December 4, the day of the Total Solar Eclipse, you will receive a pair of eclipse glasses, and an invitation to a special evening celebration where you can relive your eclipse experience with fellow passengers. The excitement of the voyage continues as your ship then departs for South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, where you will explore regions rich in wildlife and polar history.
On this departure, you’ll be joined by Fred Espenak, known as “Mr. Eclipse,” who has participated in 29 eclipse expeditions around the world. Fred will share his extensive eclipse insights throughout the voyage.
Fred Espenak is a retired NASA astronomer and the agency’s leading expert on eclipses. Known as “Mr. Eclipse”, he has written dozens of books on eclipses, generated predictions and maps for over 10,000 solar eclipses, and created three websites devoted to eclipses. Espenak has participated in 29 total solar eclipse expeditions that have taken him all over the world. His photographs have been published in numerous magazines and appeared on the USPS postage stamp commemorating the 2017 eclipse across the USA.
He and his wife, Pat were aboard Quark’s epic trip to Antarctica’s last total solar eclipse in 2003, where he was a consultant and lecturer.